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37 cents a gallon, no pain at this Plover pump


Mike Minger doesn't usually frame his gasoline receipts. But, this one is a little different.

"26 gallons of gas, for just over nine dollars. I am going to frame it," Minger says as she holds out his gasoline receipt from Monday night.

Minger is one of dozens who capitalized on a pricey mistake at a BP Station in Plover. On Monday night hundreds of cars lined up, hoping to fill up their tanks for mere cents per gallon.

It all started around 8:30 Monday night. A spokesperson for Riiser Energy, which owns the gas station, said an employee accidentally keyed in $0.379 instead of $3.79, making medium grade gasoline only $0.37. 

"I should feel guilty, but to be honest you have to take it where you can get it," Minger said.

While the road sign had the correct price, it didn't take long for people to catch on. The spokesperson said once the mistake was realized the pump was shut off, leaving many customers disappointed.

"I was hoping we could fill up a couple gas cans and get some cheap gas," Adam Clussman told Newsline 9 minutes after the pumps were shut off.

But, even though the pumps were shut down, the mistake still cost BP big bucks.

"They said it cost them about 450 to 500 gallons of gas," Captain Gary Widder of the Plover Police Department said.

That totals about $2,000. But, the spokesperson said the station will pay the price and honor all those customers who purchased the discounted gas.

Those customers like Minger who says he has gas to burn and a receipt to frame.

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